The Greer Lab seeks intellectually curious and motivated graduate students to join our group. We use a combination of molecular biology, biochemistry, electrophysiology, imaging, and genetic approaches to investigate the cellular and neural mechanisms through which animals respond appropriately to exteroceptive and interoceptive chemosensory signals.
Current potential rotation projects include:
Exploring how a new family of mammalian chemosensor transmits the binding of extracellular chemicals into intracellular signaling pathways.
Characterizing novel populations of olfactory sensory neurons to determine what types of chemicals these cells detect, where within the brain they transmit information, and what types of behaviors they have evolved to mediate.
Investigating a role for MS4A chemoreceptors in microglia under physiological conditions and understanding how mutation of these genes contributes to the pathophysiology that underlies Alzheimer’s Disease.